Press archive 2019

Place Alliance launches new report “Place Value and the Ladder of Place Quality”

At Big Meet 9 Place Alliance released a guide for decision making about the built environment, supported by the Design Network. Based on a systematic review of robust research evidence, the report demonstrates both how better-designed places deliver substantial economic, social, environmental and health benefits to local populations, but also demonstrates the sorts of qualities that we should aspire to deliver (and avoid) in order to maximise those benefits to people. Read more about it here →

Urban rooms: where people get to design their city’s future

A network of urban rooms has now sprung up across the UK facilitated by the Place Alliance with Sheffield University, which brings together places as diverse as Newcastle, London, Hereford, Bristol and Weymouth. Each urban room creates a physical space where people can go to understand, debate and get involved in the past, present and future of the place where they live, work and play. Read more →

Design by a thousand cuts

The UK is on the verge of a major expansion in housebuilding, yet new research by the Place Alliance has revealed a chronic lack of urban design expertise in local authorities. Read more →